The Richmond Register

Local News

September 28, 2013

Grand jury indicts man in Virginia Street arson case

RICHMOND — A Madison County grand jury has indicted a Virginia Avenue man on two charges of second-degree arson in connection with a July blaze at a home on the same street.

Mark R. Bush, 34, also was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender, which bumps the Class B felonies up to Class A. This highest-level felony class carries a possible sentence of 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

The first fire at 102 Virginia Avenue was reported at 1:55 a.m. July 23, according to Richmond Fire Department Chief Buzzy Campbell. That fire destroyed most of the rear of the building.

Firefighters responded to the second fire at 2 a.m. the following day. The second fire destroyed the front part of the house.

During a follow-up investigation, detectives with the Richmond Police Department identified Bush as a suspect in both fires. The RPD did not provide additional information about Bush’s connection to the suspected arson incidents.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday were:

• Tamara N. McQueen, 27, first-degree promoting contraband, theft by unlawful taking (under $500), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and third degree possession of a controlled substance

• Jerri R. Lakes, 26, second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception (under $500) and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Kenna Rae Agee, 29, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and theft by deception.

• Timothy L. Poynter, 38, two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

• Shelby B. Noe, 53, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and aggravated operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

• Kayla B. Neeley, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree promoting contraband.

• Clifton B. Wilson, 36, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

• Angela D. Gentry, 37, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Christopher L. Mullikin, 32, and Colen Wilburn, 36, manufacturing methamphetamine. Mullikin also was indicted on three charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Colen Wilburn, 36, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and two counts of theft by deception.

• David A. Carrier Jr., 38, first-degree bail jumping.

• Betty Eli King, 53, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain insurance, controlled substance prescription not in original container, reckless driving, failure to wear seat belts and no/expired registration plates.

• Christopher T. Brassfield, 20, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and illegal possession of a legend drug.

• Michael W. Hafley, 36, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Misdemeanor indictment

• D’Anthony Chambers, 21, and Jeremy Roberts, 26, fourth-degree assault.

Cases referred to district court

• Shelby B. Noe Jr., 53

• Kelly D. Thompson, 41

• Chad A. Parks, 38.

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.


Text Only
Local News
  • 7-29 YMCA-Schools.jpg YMCA, county district to provide after-school care

    The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
    YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29 Lucille May 1.jpg Memories bloom in May’s garden

    After realizing a story was being written about 96-year-old Lucille May, tenants of Willis Manor gathered in the lobby to share stories about her.
    Affectionately called “Mamaw” by other residents and workers at the apartment building, May has spent the four years of her residence transforming an outdoor garden that was overtaken by weeds. It’s now a thriving flowerbed, complete with interesting rocks, decorations and conversation.

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-29 Construction 1.jpg Water Street storm-water digging begins

    Caisson holes were drilled and then filled with concrete and steel poles Monday to create a retaining structure to shore up the Allstate Insurance building foundations' firm when excavation for the Water Street Stormwater Improvement Project begins.
    Digging for 20 ton, 6 by 7 foot concrete box culverts will begin today, if weather permits, said Jason Hart, Richmond’s director of Planning and Zoning. The culverts will help reduce the likelihood of flooding on Water Street by carrying storm water under Main Street, the CVS parking lot and Irvine Street to a stream, he said.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-29 Robert Abney.jpg RPD: Bottle bomb injures man, damages neighbor’s home

    Richmond Police on Friday charged Robert Abney, 30, of Moberly Avenue, in connection with a May 30 explosion that injured Abney and damaged a neighbor’s home.
    Officers were dispatched May 30 to a residence in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue to investigate the report of an explosion.
    They found the remains of a plastic bottle bomb near a residence adjoining Moberly’s, according to an RPD news release. A wall of the occupied home was smoldering and grass was burned in the area, it added.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-29 Steven Coffey.jpg Two led police on I-75 chase from Berea

    Berea Police found a man passed out and intoxicated inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 75 Wednesday, according to a police report.
    Steven Coffey, 34, of Berea, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when officers arrived at the vehicle, the police report stated. They determined he was under the influence of drugs, the report stated.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-27 HeartChase 1.jpg A race to the finish line

    Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.

    July 26, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-27 Hops 1.jpg Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society

    Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.

    July 26, 2014 3 Photos

  • Bill Clinton will stump for Grimes in eastern Kentucky

    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.

    July 26, 2014

  • 7-26 Stockyards 2.jpg Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’

    Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.

    At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.

    That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-26 Fire Practice Structure 1.jpg Fire training tower going up

    A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.

    Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos